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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Corporate Community Support (Agree or Disagree Question)

Updated: Jul 16


Some people think that big companies should provide sports and social facilities for the local community. 


To what extent do you agree or disagree? (25/05/2024)


SAMPLE ESSAY:


It is often argued that major corporations are obliged to  construct sporting and social facilities for local residents. I largely agree with this view considering the positive contributions of such initiatives to the local community and companies themselves.


On the one hand, some individuals may argue that placing community obligations on corporations can lead to several negative impacts. One notable concern is that companies might prioritize profit over the community’s actual needs by building a flashy sports complex for publicity  rather than addressing more pressing issues like affordable housing or education. This can lead to a misallocation of resources  and exacerbate existing social inequalities . Additionally, in many regions around the world, several private companies are trying to exert greater influence and control over citizens  by heavily investing in community service projects. This practice might harmfully transfer some of the state power to these companies, allowing them to manage the national economic activities to their own advantage .


Despite the potential risks mentioned above, I still believe that large companies should build more community infrastructure for members of society. Firstly, as regular physical activity is important for preventing chronic diseases  and promoting overall well-being, the corporate provision of sporting facilities can foster a healthier community . For instance, funded by Google, the recreational centers in Mountain View, California offer residents a space to exercise, socialize, and relax, thereby reducing stress and enhancing their mental health. Secondly, the construction of community facilities can enhance a company's reputation  and strengthen its brand loyalty . When a company invests in the local community, it sends a strong message about its commitment to social obligations, potentially promoting customer loyalty and attracting more talented candidates who strictly value corporate social responsibility .


In summary, although corporations might regard building public infrastructure as a means to income and authority, I argue that such initiatives should still be highly encouraged as they would contribute to a healthier society and better brand recognition .  



 

VOCABULARY

  • be obliged to do sth (phrase) = có nghĩa vụ phải làm điều gì đó 

  • publicity (n) = sự chú ý của công chúng 

  • a misallocation of resources (phrase) = sự phân bổ tài nguyên không đúng cách

  • exacerbate existing social inequalities (phrase) = làm cho tình trạng bất bình đẳng xã hội hiện nay trở nên tồi tệ hơn

  • exert greater influence and control over citizens (phrase) = gia tăng sự ảnh hưởng và kiểm soát đối với người dân 

  • to one’s advantage (phrase) = theo hướng có lợi cho ai đó

  • chronic diseases (phrase) = những căn bệnh mãn tính 

  • foster a healthier community (phrase) = thúc đẩy một cộng đồng khỏe mạnh hơn 

  • reputation (n) = danh tiếng 

  • brand loyalty (phrase) = lòng trung thành với thương hiệu 

  • corporate social responsibility (phrase) = trách nhiệm xã hội của doanh nghiệp

  • brand recognition (phrase) = tính nhận diện thương hiệu 



 

BRAINSTORMING 


Personal opinion: Big companies should provide sports and social facilities for the local community


Body 1: The potential drawbacks of companies providing social facilities

  • Companies might focus on marketing their brand (e.g. building a sports complex for publicity) instead of meeting the real needs of the community (e.g. affordable housing and education)

  • In many places, private companies are trying to gain more control over people by investing a lot in community projects → more power for them to control the economy to their advantage


Body 2: The benefits of companies providing social facilities + my personal opinion

  • Having sports facilities can help people stay healthy and prevent diseases (e.g. Google’s recreational centers in Mountain View, California) → reduced stress and improved mental health 

  • Building community facilities can improve a company's reputation and its brand loyalty → more loyal customers and talented employees who value corporate social responsibility



 

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